The snowbird, a 12 foot sailboat, was developed 90 years ago when a local yachtsman sought a small boat for this sons to learn sailing. Snowbird (here today) was built in 1926 and is the first snowbird ever built. It is here compliments of its owner, ExploreOcean. When plans for the design of the snowbird were made popular by G.V. Johnson nearly a century ago, the flight of the snowbirds took off. In 1936 the most popular small boat regatta at local yacht clubs was the “Flight of the Snowbirds.” At its height in 1950, close to 200 boats competed in the Flight. World-class sailors and America’s Cup skippers had their beginnings on a snowbird, the most famous of these skippers, perhaps, is Bill Ficker.
Owner: Ken Lugo